mannes school of music announces schneider concerts online 2020-2021 season

Dario Acosta

September 23, 2020, New York - The New School’s Mannes College of Music announces the Schneider Concerts ONLINE | 2020-21 Season - we have been working for the past few months to develop a flexible model that will allow us to continue to provide outstanding, emerging chamber artists with performance opportunities and offer New York audiences intimate introductions to the chamber music stars of the future.

All scheduled concerts will be produced for online presentation on, featuring unique programming for our series, as well as post-concert live discussions between the ensemble members and esteemed guest artists, with the opportunity for audience members to ask questions via chat. If conditions evolve to allow safe gathering in New York City and safe travel for the musicians, we will also present the ensembles live in The New School’s hall on 12th Street. However, even when concerts are able to move forward in our hall, we will continue to present them online as well, so that those who do not feel safe in public gatherings don’t have to miss anything. 

We are pleased that this season, in addition to beloved works of the traditional chamber music repertoire, each concert features at least one work by a living composer. Composers are: Jessie Montgomery, Caroline Shaw, Reena Esmail, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and John Corgiliano.

Sunday, October 4, 2020, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - Online Performance - link provided to ticket buyers
Balourdet String Quartet
Angela Bae and Justin DeFilippis, violin
Benjamin Zannoni, viola; Russell Houston, cello

Gold Medal 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1 (1801)
Jessie Montgomery
"Strum" (2006: revised 2012)
Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91 (1929)

Post-concert discussion hosted by violinist Cho-Liang Lin with members of the Balourdet Quartet and composer Jessie Montgomery.

This program is presented in collaboration with the New England Conservatory


Sunday, November 15, 2020, 2:00 p.m. (EST) - Online Performance - link provided to ticket buyers
Verona String Quartet
Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violin
Abigail Rojansky, viola and guest cellist, Dmitri Kouzov

Winner 2020 Chamber Music America Cleveland Quartet Award

Reena Esmail String Quartet "Ragamala" (2013)
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 (1873)

This program is presented in collaboration with the Oberlin Conservatory of Music


January 31, 2021 - Online Performance - link provided to ticket buyers
Dior String Quartet
Noa Sarid and Tobias Elser, violin
Yuri Santos, viola and Yesol Choi, cello

First Prize Winner 2019 Plowman Competition

Franz Josef Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor" (1797)
Caroline Shaw "Blueprint" (2017)
Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117 (1964)


Sunday, February 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (EST) - ON STAGE in NYC and Online Performance - link provided to ticket buyers
Merz Piano Trio
Brigid Coleridge, violin
Lee Dionne, piano
Julia Yang, cello

2019 Gold Medalists of the Fischoff and Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competitions

Pauline Viardot Twelve Poems of Pushkin, Fet, and Turgenev: 12. Zvezdy "Stars" (1862-63)*
Hildegard von Bingen Hymn O ignee spiritus (c. 1100)*
Cheryl Frances-Hoad "My Fleeting Angel" (2005)
Franz Joseph Haydn Piano Trio No. 45 in E-flat Major, Hob. XV/29 (1797)
Johannes Brahms Two Songs for Contralto, Viola, and Piano, Op. 91: No. 1. Gestillte Sehnsucht "Bestilled Longing" (1884)* 
Robert Schumann Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63 (1847)
*Arranged for piano trio by Merz Piano Trio


Sunday, March 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - ON STAGE in NYC and Online Performance - link provided to ticket buyers
Viano String Quartet - New York Debut
Lucy Wang and Hao Zhou, violin
Aiden Kane, viola and Tate Zawadiuk, cello

First-prize winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (1808)
Caroline Shaw String Quartet (2020)– New York Premiere
Antonín Dvořák String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105 (1895)


Sunday, April 18, 2021, 2:00 p.m.(EDT) - ON STAGE in NYC and Online Performance - link provided to ticket buyers
Curtis Stewart and Jannina Norpoth, violin
Nick Revel, viola and Hamilton Berry, cello

Winner 2019 Chamber Music America Visionary Award and 2019 Grammy Nominee Best Chamber Music Performance

Jessie Montgomery "Voodoo Dolls" (2008) 
George Walker String Quartet No. 1 "In Memory of My Grandmother M.K." (1947)
John Corigliano
“Snapshot: Circa 1909” for Jeffery Multer (2003)
MIND | THE | GAP: “What is American?” - (2016) Improvisation/Re-composition of Antonín Dvořák "American" String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 (1893)


Hailed in the New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music,” for more than six decades, The New School’s Schneider Concerts series has presented outstanding young artists and ensembles at non-exclusionary ticket prices. The series’ remarkable history that includes the New York debuts of pianist Peter Serkin and the Guarneri, Cleveland, Vermeer, and Johannes String Quartets and TASHI. Artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, and Murray Perahia were introduced to New York audiences early in their careers. More recently, the series has presented the New York debuts of the Dover, Calidore, and Calder string quartets.  Today, New York audiences still need outstanding, accessible, affordable, and adventurous concerts as much as they did in 1957 when this series was founded, and the Schneider Concerts continues its tradition of excellence.

The Schneider Concerts ONLINE | 2020-2021 season is supported by the Alexander Schneider Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.   

Subscriptions and single tickets on sale now

The Schneider Concerts is committed to financial and physical access as reflected in our traditionally low ticket prices and the accommodations provided in our hall on 12th Street, including early seating for those with disabilities, large print programs, and assistive listening devices.

We continue that tradition online, providing captions for all concerts, as well as ticket prices lower than ever.

$45 for a six-concert subscription that includes all online events, as well as any live concerts we are able to present later in the season
$8 single ticket online performance
$18 single ticket general admission in person performance
$16 single ticket seniors 65+ and people with disabilities in person performance
$5 standby, students 30 and younger with school ID in person performance

For programming details and to purchase tickets, visit, email or call 212.229.5873

Founded in 1916 by America’s first great violin recitalist and noted educator, David Mannes, Mannes School of Music is a standard-bearer for innovative artistry, dedicated to developing citizen artists who seek to make the world a better and more beautiful place. Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs, Mannes offers a curriculum as imaginative as it is rigorous, taught by a world-class faculty and visiting artists. Distinguished Mannes alumni include the 20th century songwriting legend Burt Bacharach, the great pianists Richard Goode, Marray Perahia, and Bill Evans, acclaimed conductors Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, Joann Falleta, and Julias Rudel, beloved mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, as well as the great opera stars of today, Yonghoon Lee, Danielle de Niese, and Nadine Sierra.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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